All procedures performed by Dr. Shibayama.
Our natural aging process and sun exposure produces fine wrinkles and crepey skin. Acne scars and hormonally based pigment such as melasma are also common.
Traditionally the only available treatments were invasive procedures such as ablative CO2 lasers and chemical peels that removed the entire outer layer of the skin which was not only painful but required weeks of healing. Finally we have a proven, safe approach to resurfacing the skin with minimal down time.
Our fractional laser technology produces thousands of microscopic but deep columns of heat in the skin, known as microthermal treatment zones, which stimulate collagen production. The skin around the columns remains intact and allows the skin to heal much faster, leaving healthier skin with a reduction in wrinkles and acne scars. Because it penetrates deeper than the IPL laser, it is also a good option for treatment of pigment in darker skinned individuals and hormonal pigment such as melasma.
Unlike at medi-spas and most doctor’s offices, Dr. Shibayama insists on evaluating and performing all photo-facials herself for optimal safety and effectiveness.
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Who is a good candidate for fractional laser resurfacing?
Patients of all skin types who desire the reduction of wrinkles, acnes scars, and pigment as well as those who would like an improvement in skin tone and texture (such as pore size) are great candidates for this procedure.
What areas are commonly treated?
The wrinkles around the eyes and lips are the most popular areas that are treated. Most patients request full face treatments to improve overall skin tone and texture or acne scarring. Because the fractional laser spares surrounding tissue, even delicate skin areas such as neck, chest, and hands can be treated.
What are the treatments like?
Unlike older technologies (such as Fraxel), this newer technology is much more comfortable and no messy blue dye is needed. The laser is placed against cleaned skin and the laser treatment feels like a series of pin pricks. With topical anesthesia (numbing cream) this procedure is well tolerated.
What can I expect after treatment?
After your treatment you will experience a mild sunburn like sensation and swelling that will last for a few hours. You will also have some mild redness that may last for a day or two. There may be some mild bronzing that is easily covered with moisturizers and makeup. In a week you will develop some dryness, and when this flakes off fresher skin starts to reveal itself. The use of sunscreen is key to protecting your new skin as it heals.
How often are treatments needed?
Typically, three to five treatments, spaced one month apart are recommended. Your skin will continue to improve for four to six months after the last treatment. Dr. Shibayama will customize a treatment plan for you.